Thursday, September 26, 2013

I Am Mountain

Indie music is not always my thing, but Gungor is always just edgy enough to maybe be considered indie and they have so much depth in their musicality and lyrics that I love listening to them! Check out their new single:

Song: I Am Mountain
Artist: Gungor

**disclaimer: I had to listen to this a few times before I fell in love, and I have had it on repeat (along with Hillsong's "Oceans") ever since!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Powerful Stuff.

Lately I've been really convicted about my prayer life, or rather my lack of prayer life. I don't know what it is, but when life gets busy praying seems to be the first thing that slips my mind. The Bible tells us to pray about everything (Philippians 4:6) and it's our direct communication route to God, so to say it is important is definitely an understatement.

To keep myself from falling into a lack of regular prayer slump I've developed three tricks...

1. If you find yourself getting distracted or lost in the middle of your prayers pull out your journal and write it down. Sure it takes a bit more time, but it is an easy way to stay focused. It's also cool to look back at your prayers and see how they've been answered. And on that note...

2. Write down the prayers you see answered! I used to get really discouraged because I felt like I didn't see God answering my prayers. I started keeping an "answered prayer log" in the back of my journal and I was surprised by how quickly the page filled up. It could be things that you specifically prayed for (like health or doing well on an assignment) or just little praise things (like it being sunny or a text from a friend that you haven't talked to in a while). Doing this has really opened my eyes to the different ways that God responds to our requests!

3. Keep a prayer calendar. Ok, this sounds weird and slightly confusing but all it is is a list of people/things to pray about - one for every day of the month. Write down 31 people or things that you want to pray for/about and keep it someplace that you will be able to find it again, then start praying. On day one, pray for the person/thing on day one and so and so on. I love this because it helps give me a purpose to my prayers. Sometimes I feel like I just ramble on and on, or I have way to many people I could be praying about. Writing down a prayer list helps to focus my prayers and keeps me from getting overwhelmed.

I hope these tips help you out!

Monday, September 9, 2013

A 10 Minute So-Worth-Watching Video

Ok, I can't believe I haven't freaked out about Jonathan Thulin on this blog yet!!! (If I have, then I kinda apologize, except not really because he's that good!).

New Release Tuesday called his music video for his song "Bombs Away" the best music video of the year, I believe, and that meant I had to check it out even though I hadn't heard about him. The video is incredible and the song is just as good. It's about sin and God's love for us. Now who wouldn't love a song like that? So powerful!

What was up next for him? Well, a 10 minute music video about the desperate state of our human souls, that's what. It's beautiful, thought-provoking, and something that has to be watched all the way to the end.


So... do yourself a favor and check all of this guy's stuff out - you won't regret it!
p.s. "Coat of Arms" and "Graveyard" are 2 of my other faves of his.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Side Note

One of my favorite (non-Christian) books is FREE on iBookstore right now. "I'd Tell You I Loved You But Then I'd Have To Kill You" by Ally Carter. Come on, you know you want it... plus what's free these days?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New Beginnings

Just a quick thought since I haven't been around here much lately.

Spring has always been thought of as the time for new beginnings, but for me new beginnings are in the Fall. With school starting especially, but Fall is also the time where you get into a new routine after slacking off (or maybe working harder) during the summer. It's a time to get your head back into the game and start focusing on what you want to do with the rest of this year. We're already more than have way through 2013 people! It's crazy time!

Basically what I mean by this rambling is take hold of the rest of this year. Look the unknown in the face and be confident that God walks along side you all the way. He's in control and He's got your back as you take your first few steps into this season of new beginnings.